Hogan vs Waugh: Intra-party spitball contest

Despite Governor Hogan’s wide popularity, which we have written about more than enough times, his legislative achievements have been somewhat limited thus far, despite a nearly full term in office. This is in large part due to the fact that the tightly-controlled Maryland Democrats hold a veto-proof majority in both houses of the legislature, making it child’s play for the Democratic leadership to override any Hogan vetoes and effectively do whatever they want. Similarly, it is nearly impossible for any conservatively originated legislation to pass through the legislature and make its way to the governor’s desk. As a result, Governor … Continue reading Hogan vs Waugh: Intra-party spitball contest

Reviewing Gov. Hogan’s Message to Marylanders

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland delivered the annual State of the State address to a television audience and a joint meeting of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. The address is a state-level mirror of the President’s State of the Union, in which the Governor addresses the Maryland General Assembly and Marylanders, and effectively rolls out his agenda for the coming year. This comes as Governor Hogan’s third, and arguably one of his most important legislative sessions as governor. It also had the added backdrop of a looming gubernatorial battle in 2018, his own sky-high popularity, and the Democratic leadership’s growing panic at the prospect of a two-term Republican governor. Continue reading Reviewing Gov. Hogan’s Message to Marylanders